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By Lisa Landes, 01/08/2018 - 15:34
a group camping in the woods at night with a fire going

The best topic for the winter months: how to stay warm. Throughout our years of camping, overlanding, and hanging out by the fire we have learned some new tricks along the way. You can’t tell an outdoorsman/woman to stay indoors when the temperatures drop. Outdoor hobbies fuel our fire and have us looking forward to that weekend adventure no matter what! Simply making some adjustments to fit each season will keep you ready to go and always prepared.

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By Lisa Landes, 12/25/2017 - 13:26
Dog sitting on a Blue Ridge Chair on the Beach

If you are a hiker and a dog owner, you know your 4-legged buddy comes with some challenges whether you are on a day hike or on a weekend adventure. Keeping some basic safety tips in mind before leaving is a great idea to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time.

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By Lisa Landes, 12/18/2017 - 15:49
shopper holding shopping bags

Love local, buy local. Our hometown of Asheville, NC is leading this charge - along with Austin, TX and Portland, OR - to help encourage shoppers to stay within the neighborhoods and communities. For great reasons too! Here are 5 of our top tips to stay local this holiday season.

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By Natalie DeRatt, 12/08/2017 - 14:54

Whether you’re on the look out for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoors adventurer in your life, or you're shopping to treat yourself this year, you don't have to look much further than right here in Western Carolina. From climbing equipment, to snuggly sustainable apparel, to new boats, welcome to your home-grown holiday gift guide by the Outdoor Gear Builders!

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By Lisa Landes, 12/08/2017 - 13:31
picture of an empty road on flat land heading straight

There's the tiny home movement, those that prefer #vanlife, and then the camping nomads - but what about classic RV Life? The plain and simple recreational vehicle? Exploring the world by RV doesn't get much better. Here are our top 5 spots that need to be on your bucket list.

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By Lisa Landes, 12/05/2017 - 16:25
running shoes

Getting the motivation to keep up your running routine or go on that favorite hike with your furry friend, can be hard once the days are shorter and the temperature drops. You know your body will feel better after a workout, and the fresh air will do you good, but the steps you need to take to get moving are absent! We feel you and you are not alone! 

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By Lisa Landes, 11/20/2017 - 10:40
the game jenga

Ever attend someone else’s family gathering? It can be such an eye-opening experience to see how others enjoy their time together. Some sit around and chit-chat around the television, some play games, some go outside for a nice walk, and others crowd around the spiked punch…not a bad one to drop in on! 

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By Lisa Landes, 11/13/2017 - 08:54
women petting dog outside while sitting on a blue ridge chair

Traveling for the holidays can be stressful. Well, let’s be honest, it almost always is stressful! From the airport, to long car rides, to the packing list that just never seems complete, planning is crucial to enjoying your time off with friends and family. A good packing list, portable furniture, and some simple checks and balances will get you off to a relaxing vacation. Here are 5 tips for some smooth sailing this season:

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